By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Pima Community College softball team (38-16, 30-12 ACCAC) notched its sixth consecutive road sweep and won its 12th straight overall by taking a pair from Eastern Arizona College on April 16.
The triumphs enabled PCC to move into a second-place tie in the conference.
Sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez earned both wins on the bump to run her season mark to 21-11. She pitched seven innings with no earned runs in PCC’s 3-1 win in the first contest.
Sophomore Noelle Medina got things started with a solo round-tripper in the second inning, while sophomore Alejandra Ortiz and Alvarez also had RBIs.
In game two, the Aztecs’ offense exploded for a 9-1 victory. PCC had seven doubles in the win, including four in a five-run sixth inning.
Sophomore Aubre Carpenter finished 2 for 2 with two runs scored and an RBI, while freshman Danielle Stensby went 3 for 3 with a pair of runs batted in.
Pima swept Central Arizona Community College at home on April 13. Carpenter was clutch, going 5 for 8 with three RBIs on the day.
Alvarez went the distance in the first game, as the Aztecs won 8-0 in five innings.
In the second game, PCC got out of the gate with three quick runs, then held on to win 3-1.
Medina went 2 for 3 with two RBIs in the contest, while Alvarez had seven strikeouts and one walk.
The women earned a road sweep at GateWay Community College on April 11.
Ortiz had a successful doubleheader, finishing 3 for 7 with four RBIs.
The Aztecs won the first game 5-2 in eight innings, as Alvarez pitched a complete game, giving up one earned run and striking out two.
The second game was also good to the Aztecs, as they claimed a 10-3 victory.
In the fifth inning, sophomore Gemma Contreras and Medina showed their leadership with RBI singles to build Pima’s lead.
The Aztecs couldn’t have won without freshman pitcher Stephanie Vejar, who earned the win after surrendering only three runs on eight hits and three strikeouts.
On April 6, PCC took a pair at Paradise Valley Community College, 10-2 and 13-2.
Alvarez again picked up two victories on the mound, as the Pima offense erupted for 23 total runs of support.
PCC swept Scottsdale Community College 5-2 and 10-3 on the road on April 4.